Storper, Michael


Professor Michael Storper  

Department

Position held

Department of Geography and Environment

Professor of Economic Geography

Non LSE positions held

Department

Position held

University of California

Professor of Urban Planning and Geography

Sciences-Po

Professor of Economic Sociology

Experience keywords:

Globalisation; Economic development; Cities and regions; Economic geography; Technological change

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My research and teaching interests fall into five, closely linked, areas:

Economic geography, meaning the forces that affect the ways the economy organizes itself in geographical space. These forces are many and sundry, ranging from technology, industry structure and market structure, to institutions, effects of history, and policies. A core problem for me is the long-standing tension between the geographical concentration of activity and specialization of regional and national economies and the spreading out of activity into wider geographical spaces, both of which are occurring in the current wave of globalization.

Globalization, meaning the ever-increasing geographical scale of economic processes, and some of the associated processes of change in the scale at which management of firms, markets, and institutions operate. I am interested especially in the locational processes described above, and how they change the geographical distribution of economic activities and hence the composition of economies at different territorial scales and their development processes. Questions of interplace inequalities, polarization, convergence and divergence, can be seen strongly from an economic geographical perspective.

Technology as a force in structuring economic geography and globalization. Technological change is a key motor of geography, because it changes the structure of transport and trade costs. It does this in complex ways, and many of them are indirect. My research also concerns technological competencies at different territorial levels, the geography of technological innovation, and how this affects development processes in regions and nations.

Regions, especially city regions. The geographical concentration of activity is a key motor of the composition and functioning of urban and regional economies, their specializations, their labor markets, and their associated processes of physical and social development.

Economic development: economic geography is a strong way into examining the process of economic development. Though geography is structured by development, development is also structured by the unfolding of broad economic-geographical forces. Comparative economic development can be seen through the lens of economic geography, which can also help understand the geographical differentiation of institutions, which in turn have strong effects on development.

Beyond my core disciplinary skills in economic geography, my work on occasion draws on, and has links to, economics, sociology. and urban studies.

Languages:

French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

RadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6550

Publications

LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search

2014

Storper, Michael (2014) Commentary on 2013 Roepke lecture financial literacy in context Economic Geography, 90 (1). 25-27. ISSN 0013-0095

2013

Storper, Michael (2013) Keys to the city: how economics, institutions, social interaction, and politics shape development Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. ISBN 9781400846269

Storper, Michael (2013) Keys to the city: how economics, institutions, social interactions and politics affect regional development Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691143118

2012

Storper, Michael and van Marrewijk, Charles and van Oort, Frank G. (2012) Introduction: processes of change in urban systems Journal of Regional Science, 52 (1). 1-9. ISSN 0022-4146

Kemeny, Thomas and Storper, Michael (2012) The sources of urban development: wages, housing, and amenity gaps across American cities Journal of Regional Science, 52 (1). 85-108. ISSN 0022-4146

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2012) The territorial dynamics of innovation in China and India Journal of Economic Geography, 12 (5). 1055-1085. ISSN 1468-2702

2011

Storper, Michael (2011) From retro to avant-garde: a commentary on Paul Krugman's 'The new economic geography, now middle-aged' Regional Studies, 45 (1). 9-15. ISSN 0034-3404

Storper, Michael (2011) Justice, efficiency and economic geography: should places help one another to develop? European Urban and Regional Studies, 18 (1). 3-21. ISSN 1461-7145

Farole, T. and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2011) Cohesion policy in the European Union: growth, geography, institutions Journal of Common Market Studies, 49 (5). 1089-1111. ISSN 1468-5965

Farole, Thomas and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2011) Human geography and the institutions that underlie economic growth Progress in Human Geography, 35 (1). 58-80. ISSN 0309-1325

2010

Storper, Michael (2010) Contexte, localisation et commerce internationale: vers une autre 'grande transformation?' In: Paris, Thomas and Veltz, Pierre, (eds.) L'économie De la Connaissance et Ses Territoires. Éditions Hermann, Paris, France, 127-147. ISBN 9782705670290

Storper, Michael (2010) Why do regions develop and change?: the challenge for geography and economics Journal of Economic Geography. ISSN 1468-2702

Storper, Michael (2010) Agglomeration, trade and spatial development: bringing dynamics back in Journal of Regional Science, 50 (1). 313-342. ISSN 0022-4146

Storper, Michael (2010) Why does a city grow?: specialisation, human capital or institutions? Urban Studies, 47 (10). 2027-2050. ISSN 0042-0980

2009

Storper, Michael (2009) Local economic development: specialization, human capital and institutions Corporacion Andina de Fomento, Caracas, Venezuela.

Farole, Thomas and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2009) Cohesion policy in the European Union: growth, geography, institutions European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

Storper, Michael and Gilli, Frédéric and Simay, Philippe (2009) L’économie du grand Paris: entretien avec Michael Storper La Vie des Idées (18 Feb 2009) opinion

Storper, Michael (2009) Regional context and global trade Economic Geography, 85 (1). 1-21. ISSN 0013-0095

Storper, Michael and Scott, Allen J. (2009) Rethinking human capital, creativity and urban growth Journal of Economic Geography, 9 (2). 147-167. ISSN 1468-2702

2008

Storper, Michael and Bocci, Matteo (2008) Metropolitan growth: theories in search of evidence Aula Barcelona, Barcelona.

Storper, Michael and Miller, Riel (2008) Near and far: imagining the future of TelePresence Cisco Corporation.

Storper, Michael (2008) Community and economics In: Amin, Ash and Roberts, Joanne, (eds.) Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 37-68. ISBN 9780199545490

Duranton, Gilles and Storper, Michael (2008) Rising trade costs?: agglomeration and trade with endogenous transaction costs Canadian Journal of Economics, 41 (1). 292-319. ISSN 1540-5982

Sonn, Jung Won and Storper, Michael (2008) The increasing importance of geographical proximity in knowledge production: an analysis of US patent citations, 1975–1997 Environment and Planning A, 40 (5). 1020-1038. ISSN 0308-518X

2007

Storper, Michael and Scott, Allen J. (2007) Regions, globalization, development Regional Studies, 41 (S1). 191-205. ISSN 0034-3404

Storper, Michael (2007) Book review: the new argonauts: regional advantage in a global economy Journal of Economic Geography, 7 (1). 113-117. ISSN 1468-2702

Storper, Michael (2007) Competitividad de la regiones metropolitanas In: Leboreiro Amaro, Alberto, (ed.) Regiones Capitales: Planificación y Desarrollo Sostenible De Las Regiones Capitales Metropolitanas. Dirección General de Urbanismo y Planificación Regional, Madrid, Spain, 265-288. ISBN 9278445129487

Storper, Michael and Lavinas, Lena and Mercado-Célis, Alejandro (2007) Society, community, and development: a tale of two regions In: Polenske, Karen R., (ed.) The Economic Geography of Innovation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 310-339. ISBN 052186528X

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2007) The territorial dynamics of innovation: a Europe-United States comparative analysis Journal of Economic Geography, 7 (6). 673-709. ISSN 1468-2702

2006

Storper, Michael and Manville, Michael (2006) Behaviour, preferences and cities: urban theory and urban resurgence Urban Studies, 43 (8). 1247-1274. ISSN 0042-0980

Storper, Michael (2006) Sociedad, comunidad y desarrollo económico In: Tarroja, Alex and Camagni, Roberto, (eds.) Una Nueva Cultura Del Territorio: Criterios Sociales y Ambientales En Las Políticas y El Gobierno Del Territorio. Diputació de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 137-174. ISBN 9788498030808

Duranton, Gilles and Storper, Michael (2006) Agglomeration and growth: a dialogue between economists and geographers Journal of Economic Geography, 6 (1). 1-7. ISSN 1468-2702

Scott, Allen J. and Storper, Michael (2006) Régions, mondialisation et développement Géographie, Économie, Société, 8 (2). 169-193. ISSN 1295-926x

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2006) Better rules or stronger communities? On the social foundations of institutional change and its economic effects Economic Geography, 82 (1). 1-25. ISSN 0013-0095

2005

Storper, Michael (2005) O burburinho: a força econômica da cidade In: Diniz, Clélio Campolina and Lemos, Mauro Borges, (eds.) Economia e Território. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 31-56. ISBN 9788570414762

Storper, Michael (2005) Buzz: face-to-face contact and the urban economy In: Breschi, Stefano and Malerba, Franco, (eds.) Clusters, Networks and Innovation . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 319-342. ISBN 9780199275557

Storper, Michael (2005) Society, community, and economic development In: Paula, Silvana de and Dymski, Gary A., (eds.) Reimagining Growth: Towards a Renewal of Development Theory. Zed Books, London, UK, 198-229. ISBN 9781842775844

Duranton, Gilles and Storper, Michael (2005) Rising trade costs?: agglomeration and trade with endogenous transaction costs CEPDP, 683. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753018225

Storper, Michael (2005) Sociedad, comunidad y desarrollo económico Ekonomiaz: Revista Vasca de Economía, 58. 12-43. ISSN 0213-3865

Storper, Michael (2005) Society, community, and economic development Studies in Comparative International Development, 39 (4). 30-57. ISSN 0039-3606

2004

Storper, Michael (2004) Institutions, incentives and communication in economic geography Hettner-Lectures, 7. Franz Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden, Germany. ISBN 9783515084536

Storper, Michael and Venables, Tony (2004) Buzz: face-to-face contact and the urban economy Journal of Economic Geography, 4 (4). 351-370. ISSN 1468-2702

2003

Storper, Michael and Venables, Anthony J. (2003) Buzz: face-to-face contact and the urban economy CEPDP, 598. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016761

Scott, Allen J. and Storper, Michael (2003) Regions, globalization, development Regional Studies, 37 (6/7). 579-593. ISSN 0034-3404

2002

Storper, Michael and Chen, Yun-chung and De Paolis, Fernando (2002) Trade and the location of industries in the OECD and the European Union Journal of Economic Geography, 2 (1). 73-107. ISSN 1468-2702

2001

Leamer, Edward E. and Storper, Michael (2001) The economic geography of the internet age Journal of International Business Studies, 32 (4). 641-666. ISSN 0047-2506

Scott, Allen J. and Agnew, John and Soja, Edward W. and Storper, Michael (2001) Global city regions In: Scott, Allen J., (ed.) Global City-Regions: Trends, Theory, Policy . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 11-30. ISBN 9780198297994

Storper, Michael and Spencer, James and Chen, Yun-chung (2001) Inequality, low wages and the underclass: the American case in comparison to Europe/Inégalités, emploi à bas salaires, et exclusion: les USA et la France PUCA-Ministère de l'Equipement, France.

Storper, Michael (2001) Regional technology policies in Europe: TSER1 research projects, 1998-2000 In: The Regional Level of Implementation of Innovation Policies: Proceedings of a Workshop Held in Brussels on 23-24 November 2000. European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, 147-170.

Storper, Michael (2001) The poverty of radical theory today: from the false promises of Marxism to the mirage of the cultural turn International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 25 (1). 155-179. ISSN 0309-1317


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In Keys to the City, Michael Storper looks at why we should consider economic development issues within a regional context--at the level of the city-region--and why urban economies develop unequally

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Awards

Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy;
Regional Studies Association's Sir Peter Hall Prize for overall contribution to the field

 

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